A Tale of Two Flags

A Tale of Two Flags

Antifa and other leftists regularly burn American flags without any comeback at all, but removing a blasphemous rainbow banner from a church and burning it outside a local strip club has landed an Ames, Iowa resident in prison for an incredible sixteen years, on hate crime charges.

Adolfo Martinez, 30, has been found guilty of a hate crime, third-degree harassment and reckless use of fire for stealing.  He was arrested after police said he stole a pride banner hanging at the Ames United Church of Christ on June 11.

Martinez admitted to burning the flag and was found guilty last month. He was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 years behind bars. The harsh sentence is mostly due to the hate crime charge, which is a class D felony.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said the hate crime charge stemmed from the fact that authorities believe Martinez burned the flag because of “what it represents as far as sexual orientation.”

Martinez had previously admitted to media outlets after being arrested that he “opposed homosexuality” and he was “guilty as charged.” “I burned down their pride, plain and simple,” he said. The quote was later used against him by prosecutors.

Reynolds said Martinez is the first person in the county’s history to be convicted of a hate crime.